Employment in the enterprise sector, by size class

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Employment by enterprises by size class

% of total employment

  Small enterprises54.354.754.354.153.5--
  Medium size enterprises15.615.
  Large enterprises30.130.230.730.831.5--
  Small enterprises47.347.947.547.3----
  Medium size enterprises18.
  Large enterprises33.634.134.334.6----
  Small enterprises----45.848.640.6--
  Medium size enterprises15.114.215.614.812.8--
  Large enterprises----38.636.746.6--
  Small enterprises42.143.242.843.2----
  Medium size enterprises20.219.920.120.2----
  Large enterprises37.736.937.136.6----
  Small enterprises49.349.7--49.6----
  Medium size enterprises19.019.2--19.3----
  Large enterprises31.731.1--31.1----
United Kingdom
  Small enterprises37.437.337.737.638.3--
  Medium size enterprises15.815.815.816.015.2--
  Large enterprises46.846.946.546.446.4--
Europe 28
  Small enterprises--49.9--49.7----
  Medium size enterprises17.016.817.117.0----
  Large enterprises33.233.233.733.4----

Regional data

No regional data available


  •  03/12/2019

Employment by enterprises by size class as a percentage of total employment. Number of persons employed is defined as the total number of persons who work in the observation unit (inclusive of working proprietors, partners working regularly in the unit and unpaid family workers), as well as persons who work outside the unit who belong to it and are paid by it (e.g. sales representatives, delivery personnel, repair and maintenance teams). It excludes manpower supplied to the unit by other enterprises, persons carrying out repair and maintenance work in the enquiry unit on behalf of other enterprises, as well as those on compulsory military service.

The basis for size classification is the total number of persons employed, which includes the self-employed. SMEs are firms with fewer than 250 persons employed.

Data cover the Total business economy; repair of computers, personal and household goods; except financial and insurance activities (NACE rev. 2 Sections BB to NN and Division S95, with the exception of Section KK). The data come from the Structural Business Statistics (SBS). SBS are transmitted annually by the EU Member States on the basis of a legal obligation from 1995 onwards. The majority of the data is collected by National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) by means of statistical surveys, business registers or from various administrative sources.

Other languages

  • Emploi dans les entreprises par classe de taille
  • Werkgelegenheid in de ondernemingen naar grootteklasse

Source: Eurostat, Structural Business Statistics.